Author ORCID Identifier

Carol Bassal - https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4517-5758

Mostafa Khalifa - https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5306-839X


Due to the rapid growth of cities around the world, many buildings in ancient cities are now deserted, prompting countries to preserve their historical sites that represent their identity. According to researchers, Adaptive reuse, along with the renewal of social life and economic development activities, serve the basic concepts of livability, as well as the community's recognition of adaptive reuse as a reasonable alternative to the demolition and redevelopment of existing facilities. The study assumes that adaptive reuse of abandoned buildings revitalizes the area and preserves its values and identity. In this context, adaptive reuse refers to the process of updating an existing structure for new purposes. To Test this hypothesis, a qualitative and quantitative research is conducted through the literature, an analysis of two international case studies, in addition to analyzing of one local case by conducting field surveys and interviews to illustrate the feasibility of adaptive reuse from the perspective of livability and sustainability of existing urban resources. The result of this study concluded that community participation in decision-making regarding adaptive reuse has strengthened social networks and maintained a unique lifestyle of abandoned old cities.


Adaptive Reuse, Livability, Abandoned Heritage Buildings, Community Participation


Architecture | Arts and Humanities | Education | Engineering



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